EWA 2015

The Entrepreneur Wales Awards returns to celebrate the country's best entrepreneurs for a second year in 2016, with entries opening today.

Run by the producers of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, the Entrepreneur Wales Awards - sponsored by Redrow, NatWest Cymru and Finance Wales, among others - is Wales' only awards to acknowledge the hard work and inspiring stories of Welsh entrepreneurs and businesses in Wales, not just the balance sheet.

Among last year's winners were Just Eat CEO David Buttress as Expat Entrepreneur of the Year, Welsh ICE founder Gareth Jones as Entrepreneurs' Champion, Lisa Tobia who designed Admiral's Cardiff reception as Creative Entrepreneur of the Year and social-enterprise founder Jo Ashburner as Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year.

Following their success at the inaugural Awards in 2015, Andy Ling, Darren Thomas and David Buttress join the likes of GoCompare founder Hayley Parsons, author and TV presenter Lyndon Wood and serial investor Ashley Cooper on the judging panel.

Alix Popham, former Welsh rugby international and co-founder of the Entrepreneur Wales Awards, said: "The first Entrepreneur Wales Awards in 2015 was a fantastic celebration of the fantastic businesses and entrepreneurs Wales has to offer. But we are going to celebrate even more inspiring stories this year. Wales is really making a name for itself in business and entrepreneurship, and we have no doubt that the entries will give plenty of optimism for the future."

You can see the full list of categories and enter the Entrepreneur Wales Awards here.